Beth Henley is an American dramatist and actress. She writes primarily about women's issues and family in the Southern United States. She is also a screenwriter who has written many film adaptations of her plays. She is known for her intertwining comic and serious moments in her pieces.
Her most famous play, Crimes of the Heart, won the Pulitzer Prize and the NYDCC Award for Best American Play. The play was also nominated for a Tony Award, and the subsequent film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other notable plays include Ridiculous Fraud (McCarter Theatre), Family Week (MCC Theater), and The Miss Firecracker Contest, later adapted into a film entitled Miss Firecracker (Stage 73/Westside Upstairs).
Other written works include The Jacksonian, Impossible Marriage, Revelers, L-play, Signature, Control Freaks, Abundance, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, The Wake of Jamey Foster, and Am I Blue.